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    Re: Deadspin is saying Te'o's girlfriend's death was a hoax created for publicity

    If true, this has to be some sort of joke that just snowballed. Sad...

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    Re: Deadspin is saying Te'o's girlfriend's death was a hoax created for publicity

    Could Jim Nabors be "Lennay Kekua?" First he's exposed by the Tide, and now this?

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    Re: Deadspin is saying Te'o's girlfriend's death was a hoax created for publicity

    Traditional media people like to rag on Deadspin, but I think it's obvious that they have far more journalistic integrity than a company like ESPN.

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    Re: Deadspin is saying Te'o's girlfriend's death was a hoax created for publicity

    this is despicable if true. i know manti was exposed in the BCSCG, but this is ridiculous

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    Re: Deadspin is saying Te'o's girlfriend's death was a hoax created for publicity

    I just read the article and Deadspin definitely did their homework. It will be interesting to see how Te'o and his family respond to this but it is just mind boggling deceptive if true. Talk about going from the top to hitting the bottom in record speed. Win practically every award except the Heisman, all over ESPN, next thing you know you're crushed and exposed by Alabama, and now your "dead girlfriend" never existed.

    Gotta be scary for the real girl behind those pictures. She seems pretty freaked out and rightfully so.

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    Re: Deadspin is saying Te'o's girlfriend's death was a hoax created for publicity

    Evidently, from talking to a young Irish alum, there has long been skepticism on the N.D. campus about how serious the relationship really was--that it was propped up for publicity.

    But no one expected this. Some think this may have just started as an attempt (made-up long-distance girlfriend) by a gay Mormon football player to stay on the DL, but went horribly off-course.

    Regardless of the reasons behind this, I worry about the kid and hope he can get through this.

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    Re: Deadspin is saying Te'o's girlfriend's death was a hoax created for publicity

    The author of the article is on CBS radio now - http://betaplayer.radio.com/player/cbs-sports-radio
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    Re: Deadspin is saying Te'o's girlfriend's death was a hoax created for publicity

    This is absolutely jaw dropping. I'm stunned, and it's bad enough that the national media had the wool pulled over their eyes, but I can't imagine how the people at ND who view Te'o as a hero are going to feel.

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    Re: Deadspin is saying Te'o's girlfriend's death was a hoax created for publicity

    Vive le Catfish
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    Re: Deadspin is saying Te'o's girlfriend's death was a hoax created for publicity

    Statement from Notre Dame:

    "Notre Dame coaches informed Dec 26 by Manti Te’o & parents Manti had been victim of what appears to be a hoax"... "Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself w/Manti & then conspired w/others to lead him believe she had tragically died of leukemia" ... "Proper authorities continue to investigate, this appears to be, at minimum, a sad & very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators"
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    Re: Deadspin is saying Te'o's girlfriend's death was a hoax created for publicity

    Stunned. Just speechless. Even in our upside down world this is shocking.
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    Re: Deadspin is saying Te'o's girlfriend's death was a hoax created for publicity

    Jeez, I haven't had a mind numbing read like that since my third economics class in college.

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    Re: Deadspin is saying Te'o's girlfriend's death was a hoax created for publicity

    Absolutely crazy if true. My concern is that there are a lot of anonymous sources or 'hidden' individuals. We'll see if anything happens with this.

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